Emergency Dental Services for Children: What to Do in Common Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and even to children. As a parent, it’s essential to know how to respond to different dental emergencies to prevent further damage and ensure prompt treatment. The Children Dental Building of Artesia offers emergency dental services to handle such accidents and trauma immediately.

We aim to provide essential information on what to do when a child faces common dental emergencies. Read on to learn how to handle common dental emergencies and keep your child’s smile healthy.

Broken Teeth

A broken tooth can cause pain, sensitivity, and risk for infection. In case of a broken tooth, rinse the mouth with warm water and apply pressure to bleeding areas. If your child can tolerate acetaminophen or ibuprofen, give them an appropriate dose to relieve pain. Contact the Children Dental Building immediately for professional treatment. If possible, retrieve any broken tooth pieces and bring them to the clinic.

Knocked-out Teeth

A knocked-out tooth is a serious dental emergency that requires prompt attention. Handle the tooth as little as possible, and try to re-implant it if possible. Place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva to keep it moist. It’s crucial to act fast since the chances of saving the tooth decrease if it’s outside the socket for more than 30 minutes. Call the Children Dental Building immediately for emergency care and additional instructions.

Abscessed or Infected Teeth

An abscessed or infected tooth can cause severe pain, swelling, and fever. If your child complains of any of these symptoms, call the Children Dental Building immediately, even without an appointment. After-hours emergency care is available if needed. Do not delay treatment, as the infection can spread to other parts of the body.

Object Stuck in Teeth

Children may put objects such as popcorn kernels, candy, or seeds in their mouth, leading to lodged debris in their teeth. In case of lodged debris, use floss gently to try and remove the objects and rinse the mouth with warm water. Do not use sharp instruments to remove the debris, as this may cause further damage. If you can’t remove the object, call the Children Dental Building immediately.

Jaw or Mouth Injuries

Jaw or mouth injuries can result from sports, accidents, or falls, leading to loose, broken, or knocked-out teeth. Before seeking professional treatment, apply cold compresses to swelling areas and give your child appropriate pain relief medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Visit the Children Dental Building immediately for treatment.


Dental emergencies can be frightening, but knowing how to respond can help prevent further damage and ensure prompt treatment. The Children Dental Building of Artesia is equipped to handle a range of dental emergencies and provide expert care for children in need. Whether you’re dealing with broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, abscessed or infected teeth, lodged debris, or jaw/mouth injuries, our team is here to help. Call the clinic today to learn more about emergency dental services and how we can help keep your child’s smile healthy and bright.